Ukrainian parliament approves removal of privatization agency head

The Ukrainian parliament approved the dismissal of Rustem Umerov as the Head of the State Property Fund on Tuesday, a lawmaker said, paving the way for his likely appointment as defense minister.

Umerov's removal was supported by a majority of members of the Verkhovna Rada, deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak said on the Telegram messaging app after a vote.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday he was dismissing Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov and proposed Umerov, a Crimean Tatar and ex-lawmaker, to replace him.